I’ve been in the Information Technology industry for more than two decades already and I’ve seen how internet technology evolved from text based web browsing to the now mixed media content.
The “personal computer” is not personal anymore but already part of a network once you connected it to your modem or router. The once “dumb” PC becomes now powerful and you may think of the internet like magic. Most gadgets (PCs, laptops, smartphones) are literally connected to each other already through the internet.
However, it’s not easy as you may think. If there’s one or two common areas where most computer users dislike when using the internet since it was developed is either slow speed or disconnection. As these problematic issues arise, a lot of people are going mad from banging their PCs up to the point of cursing their network administrators or threatening their internet providers.
As a graduate of Computer Science and Electronics Service Technician, I’ve been troubleshooting computer network problems since the first time I’ve experienced one. I’ve honed my skills in troubleshooting through training and acquired by experience over a period of time.
I’ve read a lot of books in network troubleshooting including buying software to help me diagnose certain problems. Day in and day out, I have obligations to make sure certain sites that I’m managing are running flawlessly. Because of this, I was able to memorize a lot of network command lines in Windows and Linux boxes.
There is one tool that I’ve recently discovered and it’s making my work in troubleshooting almost magical. The tool that I’m talking about is Abongo. If I want to check the health status of our servers in Amsterdam or my personal blog, blogdemanila.com, I can easily verify if by running it through Abongo.
Simply because it can do DNS, Reverse DNS, Whois, Ping, TraceRoute, Host, and Page Rank from 8 locations! Their spiders are located namely in Dublin, Hamburg, Moscow, Sydney, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Chicago, and Vancouver.
Here’s a sample DNS summary of my personal blog, blogdemanila.com as reported by their spider in Vancouver.
As you can see from the report, you can easily view the network status of any given domain in one page. With it, you can also run other tools which I’ve mentioned above like Ping, TraceRoute among others.
Abongo is an indispensable tool for webmasters, network administrators and other web professionals. As a blogger and a webmaster of more than 20+sites, I highly recommend you check this better version tool of looking on the status of your site or network. Just type in the domain name or IP address of your site and a detailed report is easily generated complete with maps with explanations. No need to memorize command lines anymore.
If you are a webmaster, you can even use it to impress your clients by providing them detailed reports. Did I mention, this tool is FREE? Go and check it out!